Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia Fight Agreed to After Exchange on Mike Tyson Podcast

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IJanuary 7, 2021

Ryan Garcia hits Romero Duno in a lightweight boxing bout Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Ryan Garcia said he wanted to fight one of the pound-for-pound best boxers in the world after he knocked out Luke Campbell on January 2. Gervonta Davis was listening. Now, the two may be closer than ever to inking a deal after a heated exchange Wednesday.

According to Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole, Garcia appeared on Mike Tyson's podcast HotBoxin during which Tyson FaceTimed Davis, and the two agreed to a bout after throwing verbal jabs back and forth.

Per Iole: "At one point, Garcia said, 'You’re 5-5. You’re going to need a ladder to hit me. You’re going to need a StairMaster. You won’t be able to touch me. You ain’t never fought a 135-[pounder] in your life. This is different. I don’t care what you say. You ain’t got nothing.'"

The full podcast has not been released yet, but Tyson told Iole to “stay tuned: We’ve got a lot of big things coming.”

Garcia (21-0) surged in ESPN's lightweight rankings up to No. 4 after his knockout win over Campbell, while Davis (24-0) remains No. 3 in the division after his knockout of Leo Santa Cruz last Halloween. 

A mutual desire from both fighters to face off next is only one of the hurdles standing between Garcia, Davis and a done deal. The two are represented by different promoters and will need to figure out the contract and payout structure before anyone is ready to step into the ring. 

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Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya serves as Garcia's promoter, while Leonard Ellerbe backs Davis.

The two fighters are unquestionably among boxing's most well-known stars with each having developed a devoted following on social media. 

With Davis holding the WBA belt and Garcia commanding the WBC title, a fight between the two would go down as one of the sport's most anticipated bouts in years.